The old Madrid slaughterhouse, a set of neo-Mudejar style pavilions, built at the beginning of the 20th century on the banks of the Manzanares, is today a small city devoted to culture, where the visitor will find the following spaces:
- Abierto X Obras: the old cold storage unit is now the setting for a range of artistic events.
- Casa del Lector: a large cultural centre where readers and reading are the focus of attention.
- Central de Diseño: located in unit 17 C. Supported by the Madrid City Council and DIMAD (Madrid Designers' Association), its aim is the promotion and dissemination of design.
- Cineteca: the country's first and only cinema with a programme focusing on non-fiction.
- Naves del Español: Teatro Español is responsible for the management and programming of this highly flexible theatrical complex, which contains three independently functioning interconnected areas (a café-theatre, a large performance area, and a space for training, discussion, reflection and rehearsals of new productions).
- Nave de Música: architects Langarita and Navarro have transformed one of the Matadero units into a temple dedicated to music, with recording studios, rehearsal rooms and even a small stage for concerts. Their project received an honourable mention in the 2013 European Union awards for architecture.
- Intermediae: an initiative of the Madrid City Council Arts Department, intended to provide a space for contemporary creative work and help develop contact between artists and the people of Madrid, with a view to finding and presenting alternative forms of expression, creation and thought.